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Palm Reading and Crystal Balls

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Romans 8:38-39

Palm Reading and Crystal Balls

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Spurgeon, seeing “God is love” written on a weather vane, told its owner he felt those words were inappropriate to have on such a changeable thing. The man said Spurgeon had misread the intent. The inscription was on the weather vane, not to demonstrate the fickleness of God’s love, but to say, “God is love, whichever way the wind blows.”

Amen! No matter what is happening around us, God is love. Our text reminds us, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:38a (Holman) For I am persuaded…

“Persuaded” is a heart-word. Paul had confidence, a deep-seated personal conviction, about this matter. It was part of his creed. He had committed his whole being to what he said here. He was sure nothing could separate us from the love of God in Christ. We need this persuasion. It gives us a blessed assurance, a deep-seated faith regarding our spiritual security.

Romans 8:38b … that not even death or life, …

The love of God in Christ for us cannot be affected by our state of being. Once in Christ, neither the living nor ending of this life can sever us from His love. “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (RM 14:8).

Death can separate us from the world

Opposite Mind-sets

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Romans 8:5

Opposite Mind-sets

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

In God’s eyes, the world has only two kinds of people: those controlled by their own evil nature, and those controlled by the Holy Spirit. Our text says these two groups have mind-sets completely opposite from each other.

Romans 8:5a (Holman) For those whose lives are according to the flesh think

about the things of the flesh,. . .

“According to” means being under the influence of something. The word “flesh” refers to sinful human nature. Those lives lived “according to the flesh” are those ruled by their sinful nature. In other words, the phrase refers to unbelievers.

Paul here gave us a chief characteristic of unbelievers. One tragedy of lostness is; the unsaved are the last to suspect their actual condition.

They are self-deluded, blinded by Satan. Hence, their efforts to analyze themselves are futile. People’s only hope is to accept the Biblical verdict.

The indictment here is; unbelievers “think about”, concentrate their thoughts, on the wrong objects. “Things of the flesh” refers to anything that excludes God. It includes those aspects of life done without thought of God.

In other words, lost people cherish the things of this world. Their lives are absorbed in things that fascinate their own sinful human nature. Their minds are occupied with, and absorbed in, earth